Photographer's Note

The village Kovachevitsa was founded at the end of the 17th century AD. The first cell school was built in 1830, and its church St. Nikolas – in 1848, turning Kovachevitza into the cultural center of the entire region. The quaint architectural style of building has not been changed since the founding of the village. The only building materials used are stone and wood. The magnificent architectural solutions used in ancient times are still applied unaltered today. Kovachevitza has repeatedly served as the natural historical stage for the shooting of numerous films. In 1977 the village was declared a national architectural and historical reservation.
In Kovachevitza you can feast your eyes on a variety of Nature’s gifts gathered in one place – picturesque canyons, a crystal-clear river, thick forests, incredibly fresh and cool, towering peaks offering breath-taking views. All this will transport you to the long-forgotten days of the past. The village of Kovachevitza is tucked away between the ridges in the remotest south-western corner of the Rhodopes. Its dwellers number 50 people. The settlement is about 1050m above sea level. Its climate is moderate, with a mild winter (as the breath of the Aegean is felt coming from the south) and a cool summer, provided by the freshness of the surrounding coniferous forests. Nearby winds the Kanina River, renown for its three deep ponds, the abundance of mountain trout and its magnificent waterfalls, cascading like glittering silver from dizzy heights. Its charming, narrow, cobble-stone streets and the unadorned beauty of its proud, tall white-facade houses with stone-slab roofs and huddled whispering eaves, are a unique example of the Bulgarian architectural genius.

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